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train travel to and from Prague

So reading the many questions regarding the Czech Republic and using the train system, I see two sites to purchase tickets; IDOS.cz and CD.cz. Can someone explain the difference please? Or does it matter?

Wanting to make sure we get from Prague's airport to the train terminal. Would we take a bus from the airport to the train station?

And when purchasing the train tickets, can one sit anywhere on the train, or is there assigned seats/cars?

Thanks

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I don't know about IDOS. but CD.cz is the site of the Czech National Railway, Ceske Drahy.
Yes, you take as much luggage on the train as you can handle, and "as you can handle" is the important point.
The AE bus goes every 30 minutes to the Prague main station, takes 40 minutes and costs 100 CZK.

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I would, just so you can see your tickets and make changes easily. You might also want to download their app on your phone.

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My husband wanted me to check if we really need to purchase train tickets ahead of time or is it just as good to purchase day of travel? Will be going directly from Prague Airport to the train station, then taking a train to Pilsen. And going back to Prague 4 days later. Thanks

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Couldn't see that one of the points was answered so if you take the Airport Express direct to the station then the cost of luggage is included. If you are then going to Plzen I would not book in advance. Instead to into the sub-level of the station and buy your tickets at the "national" desks (that's next to the enclosed glass area which is the "international" part).

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I have read that the Prague train station can be difficult to navigate. Any help on this. Also, I see there is a charge of CZK60 for each piece of luggage. Is this accurate? Any information would be appreciated. We will be travelling to Pesky Krumlov.

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I believe that Jason has videos re navigating the Prague train station on his Living Prague website: https://livingprague.com/prague-transport/prague-train-station/

His website is invaluable for planning a visit to Prague; his walking tours are excellent as well.

As I recall, there is technically a requirement to buy a ticket for luggage over a certain size when riding the trams there.

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Thanks Mark. Yep, just updated that video last month. Two other tips at the airport. If you have Czech cash or a card which can make a contactless payment then you can go straight to the AE stop (Terminal 1, Gate F, cross the road, turn right). If you do not have cash or contactless then first go to the Visitor Centre in your arrival terminal to buy your AE ticket and then go to the "Metro-Tram-Bus" office to buy any tickets that you may need if you are intending to later use the metro or tram.